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Plans submitted for Aspen hospital expansion’s third, fourth phases

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Plans for the third phase of Aspen Valley Hospital’s massive expansion project in August were submitted to the city’s Community Development Department.

The third stage primarily involves a two-story addition, with basement space, on the west side of the existing hospital building. The work involves 19,183 square feet of renovated space and 74,440 square feet of new space, according to the development application filed in August.

Project details face review by the city Planning and Zoning Commission and Aspen City Council, which in 2009 gave all four phases of the project conceptual approval. Aspen attorney Gideon Kaufman, a member of the project team, said Wednesday that he wasn’t sure when the project would wind through the public-review process.

“Because of the conceptual review, the City Council understands the entire scope of the project,” Kaufman said. “Much more detail will be provided when we go to them for final approval of Phase III.”

Planner Leslie Lamont and hospital CEO David Ressler will represent the hospital during the upcoming discussions with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, said Kaufman, who will be called on to assist when necessary.

For the third phase, facility-management offices will be expanded, and a loading dock will be added on the north side of the hospital. Phase III also aims to expand the current surgery department and relocate and expand the emergency department and imaging departments.

The loop service road will be completed, and a new ambulance barn will be located adjacent to the emergency department entrance, according to plans. The 70-space parking lot on the back of the hospital property will be eliminated. A new surface parking area will be built next to the new main entrance, primarily for drop-offs. In addition, access for public-transit buses will be enabled, allowing for on-demand, front-door service.

The hospital’s helipad, which during conceptual review was to be located atop the second floor of the new addition, will be relocated to the roof of the first floor of the new addition. A façade will step back to accommodate the helipad, the application states.

As outlined in the conceptual application, the second floor of the new addition for Phase III will be utilized for common areas and additional medical office space.

The new application also provides details of the project’s fourth phase.

“The majority of Phase IV represents interior renovation with very little exterior site improvements or utility upgrades,” the application states.

Of the project’s four phases, the second is by far the largest. Construction of Phase II began in spring 2011, and completion is anticipated next fall.

The second phase involves a 62,000-square-foot addition that includes a new main entrance, a floor of patient rooms, medical office space and a new cafeteria. Phase II also involves construction of 18 housing units, many of which will go to seasonal employees, and an 80,000-square-foot, three-level parking garage.

When the expansion is finished, the hospital will count 36 private patient rooms, 11 more than the 25 rooms the hospital had before the project began.

Phase 1 already has been completed with the building of a new obstetrics unit.

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